Typically it is a player that is one that steals the show during a football game with a dazzling pass or run into the end zone, however, a small group of teenagers without pads is grabbing the attention of fans and spectators each time they suit up. They are the Grant Drumline, a collection of musicians that pound the drums with vigor and grace to produce a melodic sound that resonates through the stadium.
Their beats do not just provide entertainment for the crowds they perform for, the drums are what keep these students in the classroom and off the streets. In a neighborhood where slacking off and finding trouble is easy to do, Music Instructor James Van Buren should get all the credit for helping a group of youngsters fulfill their dream of going to college. This may appear to be just a music group, but the students will take the lessons learned with them for their rest of their lives.
When two teams meet on the football field, it is always a match up of fierce competitors, but there is something more when the yellow and black meet the blue and silver. The first shovel hit the dirt along Stanford Ranch Road in the mid 1990's, but by the strength of this rivalry, you would tend to believe the Rocklin - Del Oro feud goes back to when the Eagles first broke ground along Taylor Road 52 years ago. The Rocklin Thunder and Del Oro Eagles meet tonight in Rocklin for the 16th time and once again it is clear, this is no ordinary football game.
The two sides will not only play for pride, but for the chance to carry the badge of slain Rocklin Police Officer Mathew Redding. The young officer was on a DUI check point when a drunk driving blew through the cones and struck Redding at the end of the night. That accident took the life of Matt six years ago; however Redding lives on in the community he spent so much time giving back to.
For more information on Matt Redding visit the Matt Redding Foundation.